WARHOL (IN DEVELOPMENT, MIDDLE GRADE)
Eleven year old Warhol’s Mom is a semi-famous tattoo artist. She wakes him up in the middle of the night and they board a train leaving New York City to move to small town in Texas that literally isn’t even on the map. There Warhol must uncover the mystery of why they are there, who is the old man in a coma in the hospital, why the parents of the town are so opposed to the temporary tattoos he wears, and help the other kids in the town figure out a way to win the national contest that would help put their town of Valentine on the map (literally). It’s a story about finding out who you are, where you belong, and that your best friend is still your best friend even if he is far away.
Rights: HarperCollins, North America
From a writer for the Disney Channel’s Shake It Up, a middle-grade novel that follows a feeble boy named Benji whose constant trips to the hospital stop after he gets a therapy dog—a talking Newfoundland—named Elvis.
Rights: Balzer + Bray, World